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The Man in the Mirror

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JerryPat2
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One for you, Michael . . . Dark enough?

sometimes at night
sleep fears my bed
I trundle throughout the house
stopping to stare at myself
in the mirror at the end of the hallway
I plead to the man I stare at
try to pierce his delusion
from an overhead naked lightbulb
making shadows everywhere
making conversation futile
with the man in the mirror
I feel like a refugee
hiding in this immense night
I want to merge
within the mirror man
but I have forgotten the magic words
shrugging my shoulders
I trundle once more through the house
thinking of the boy that was
listening for the cries of his youth
something flutters somewhere
the oak tree just outside the bedroom window
I've heard them before

ŠJanuary 17, 2012 / Jerry Pat Bolton

~*~ If they give you lined paper, write sideways ~*~

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JL
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1 posted 01-19-2012 05:04 PM       View Profile for JL   Email JL   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JL

"I feel like a refugee
hiding in this immense night
I want to merge
within the mirror man
but I have forgotten the magic words
shrugging my shoulders
I trundle once more through the house
thinking of the boy that was
listening for the cries of his youth"

An introspective poem, Jerry.  
One of your best, not very best, just best.
I really like!

JL

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,and with all your mind. Love your neighbor as yourself.
Maranatha!

JerryPat2
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2 posted 01-19-2012 05:30 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Ah, thank you, JL, it seems ghosts still hover around my abode. Appreciate the goodwill, buddy.

~*~ If they give you lined paper, write sideways ~*~

Michael
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3 posted 01-19-2012 06:06 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Ah, yes, indeed Jerry.  And a great topic too.  Mirrors are such deviously powerful things... I mean, one little flaw and they completely misrepresent you, but you, having seen it with your own eyes in that mirror, accept as cold hard truth whatever the mirror has shown you.  The man in the mirror is a scary thing, and not to be trusted in my book.

And the little boy, the one who watches that mirror with an all too *knowing eye... Not sure I trust him either. Nice write.

Michael
JerryPat2
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Especially untrustworthy is that little boy. He carries a bloody hatchet that his mother gave him for a birthday present, with the blood already on it. There is no doubt that he is looking to coat the hatchet with someone's blood he had caused all his own.

I've never trusted the man in the mirror Michael. thanks for pointing thing out though, I might've missed 'em.

~*~ If they give you lined paper, write sideways ~*~
Lori Grosser Rhoden
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5 posted 01-20-2012 10:27 AM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

Plenty dark for me Jerry.  I was getting spoiled reading your joyful love poems. It is all good!


Lori
JerryPat2
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Oh, okay. I guess I am laying it on a little thick with the love poems.

Thank you, Lori, for stopping by.

~*~ If they give you lined paper, write sideways ~*~

jwesley
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7 posted 01-21-2012 11:33 AM       View Profile for jwesley   Email jwesley   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jwesley

Excellent write, my friend...above and under the surface.

j.
JerryPat2
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Thank you, j, yes, it was an above and under kind of poem.

~*~ I gave up feeling guilty just for surviving a long time ago ~*~

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